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HTC cuts down nets in district championship

OTTUMWA — Holy Trinity boys basketball coach John Hellige is a big proponent of team-building exercises. One of the things Hellige did with the Crusaders this season was take them on a …

Keokuk names McNutt new head football coach

KEOKUK -The Keokuk High School has hired Marvin McNutt as the head varsity football coach for the 2024 season. McNutt is a former NFL Wide Receiver from Hazelwood Central High School in St. Louis, …
WILLIAMSBURG — The same emotions that Fort Madison’s boys basketball team carried out of last season will be the ones the Bloodhounds carry into next season. Fort Madison was …
DES MOINES – Fort Madison put two Bloodhound wrestlers on the podium in Class 3A wrestling at the IHSAA State Wrestling Tournament this weekend., but both felt they left a lot on the mat. The …
LEE COUNTY NEWS
Lee County News

Bridgeport bridge slides off abutment

LEE COUNTY – The prediction of Lee County Engineer Ben Hull turned very prophetic as a portion of the Skunk River bridge near Bridgeport in the northwest part of the county collapsed Tuesday …

For the Record

For the Record - Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024

Fort Madison Police Report 02/28/24 – 1:47 p.m. – Fort Madison Police arrested Devin Andrew Kay, 33, of Fort Madison in the 100 block of 29th Place on a charge of simple assault. He was …

Opinion

Spring break Cheeseburger Tour up next

I have a weekend coming up. Kind of a spring break kind of thing with a little cholesterol involved. I read the Des Moines Register in the morning. Not all of it, but I hit the highlights and look …

FM library launches new early reader program

The Fort Madison Public Library is excited to launch the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program on March 4. Libraries across the country have used this program to help increase the development of …

Trip to Ozarks ushers in spring

March is just around the corner and that means it’s time for what’s become an annual trek to the Ozarks for a week of golf, food, and basketball. Several years ago, some really great guys …
Education News
FFA EVENT
Alexys Hartman , Adelyn Lampe, Finley Johnson , Kenzie Johnson , Hadley Johnson, Ben Blanchard, and Jake Ahlers help prepare a meal at Saturday's FFA event in Fort Madison

FM chapter of FFA holds fundraiser

FORT MADISON - Fort Madison’s FFA held its annual Labor Auction and dinner on Saturday at the Elks Lodge downtown.    Funds raised by this event will be used to help the FM FFA chapter participate

Holy Trinity Schools announce honor rolls

FORT MADISON – Holy Trinity Catholic Schools has announced its 1st semester honor rolls for the 2023-2024 school year. Pen City Current joins our advertisers and readers in congratulating these …

Bills would beef up state school safety standards

LEE COUNTY - A new house bill focusing on school safety, in the wake of tragic shootings in Perry High School, is being moved forward by Iowa House Republicans. House Study bills 692 and 695 …
LATEST NEWS
Edith “Maxine” Walte, 87, of Keokuk, passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at Keosauqua Health Care Center in Keosauqua, Iowa. Maxine was born on December 2, 1936, in Keokuk, Iowa, …
Carl Richard Proper, 96, of the Kensington, formerly of Donnellson and Bonaparte, Iowa, passed away at 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at the Kensington in Fort Madison. He was born on …
FORT MADISON - Old Settlers Association President Jim Decker accepted a $250 contribution from the Newberry Center Silver Steppers recently.   Members of hte Silver Steppers took up a collection …
DES MOINES – Governor Reynolds today announced $1 million in initial funding for competitive grants available through the Iowa Department of Education to support school districts that partner …
FORT MADISON – A move has been underway for a while now to redistrict business sections in Fort Madison. Healthy discussions have been taking place in the city’s Planning and Zoning …
Health News
GRHS offers numerous scholarships
WEST BURLINGTON – Applications for the Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center Auxiliary and Great River Health Foundation scholarships for the 2024-2025 school year are available. Applications …
LCHD holding children's clinic Feb. 22
FORT MADISON - Lee County Health Department will be holding a Children’s Immunization Clinic Thursday, February 22nd,  2024 at Lee County Health Department, #3 John Bennett Drive in Fort …
County sets hearing on borrowing for LCHD and EMS facilities
LEE COUNTY – The Lee County Board of Supervisors has set public hearings to borrow money for construction of the new Lee County Health Department and the new Keokuk Ambulance bay. The issue …
Business News
Lee County Economic Development Group's Emily Benjamin, left, and Dennis Fraise, second from left, were presented with the IEDC accreditation in Washington D.C. earlier this month.
LCEDG gets international accreditation
WASHINGTON – The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announced the Lee County Economic Development Group has been recognized as one of 77 economic development organizations …
LINK
Link earns Ameriprise award
FORT MADISON – Steven Link, CRPC™, a Private Wealth Advisor and Jordan Brown, a financial advisor, with Link Wealth Advisors, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial …
Denning group honored by Forbes
FORT MADISON – Joshua Denning & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice with Ameriprise Financial in Fort Madison, IA, Keokuk, IA, Burlington, IA and Galesburg, IL, was named to the …